Photos: Nelson Mandela funeral in South Africa

Nelson Mandela funeral

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QUNU, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 15: Karlind Govender and his wife Katharina, of Cape Town overlook the burial site as a 21 gun salute is fired in honour of former South African President Nelson Mandela during his state funeral December 15, 2013 in Qunu, South Africa. Mr. Mandela passed away on the evening of December 5, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 12:20 PM

QUNU, South Africa (AP) — Anti-apartheid champion Nelson Mandela was buried in his home village on Sunday after a funeral that mixed ancient tribal rituals with a display of the might of the new, integrated South Africa.

Military officers, both black and white, rolled Mandela's flag-draped coffin to the family burial plot in the village of Qunu. Formations of planes and military helicopters, South African flags flapping from the bellies, flew over the green hills where thousands of mourners had gathered.

Unlike a public memorial service on Tuesday at a stadium that was rife with problems, the funeral and burial — broadcast on many TV channels — went smoothly, although behind schedule.

To view a slideshow of the ceremony, click here.

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